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A mouse is a device that controls the movement of the cursor on your computer screen; you can roll it along on a hard and flat surface. Somtimes it does not work like it was meant to. Read the below article to find out how to tame your mouse A1-computers--

How to Tame Your Mouse

By Stephen Bucaro
Does your mouse work erratically, skip and jump across the screen, or freeze up? Most problems with the mouse are caused by dirt or miscalibration.

Clean Your Mouse

Most mouses (mice?) work by use of a rubber ball that moves three rollers. It is very common for the rubber ball to pick up dirt and feed it into the internal mechanism of the mouse. Tame your mouse by giving it a good cleaning.

To clean a mouse, turn it over and remove the cover that retains the rubber ball. The cover is usually circular with groves that let you turn the cover in a counter clockwise direction for removal. Remove the rubber ball from the housing, wipe it clean, and blow air into the mouse housing. Inspect the rollers to make sure they are free of dirt. Then reassemble the mouse.

Jerky mouse movement can also be caused by the mouse pad. Most plastic laminate covered mouse pads do not provide enough friction for the mouse to track reliably. Cloth covered mouse pads perform much better, although they don't last as long.

Calibrate Your Mouse

If your mouse still does not behave, check it's calibration. Select Start | Settings | Control Panel, and open the Mouse utility. In the Mouse Properties dialog box, select the Buttons tab and move the Double-click speed slider control to set the time between clicks that you want to be recognized as a double click.

Then select the Motion tab and adjust the Pointer Speed slider control to your preference. In the Acceleration section, set the None radio button, then click on the OK button.

Check The Mouse Driver

On startup, Windows loads a virtual PS2 mouse driver that is contained (along with other virtual device drivers) in the file C:Windowssystemvmm32.vxd. If another mouse driver is located in the folder c:windowssystemvmm32, Windows will load that one to replace the mouse driver in vmm32.vxd.

A second mouse driver, or other device driver may be interfering with the PS2 mouse driver. Use the Device Manager to troubleshoot errors. To access Device Manager select Start | Settings | Control Panel, then open the System utility. Select the Device Manager tab. In the list of devices, double-click on Mouse. If there is an exclamation mark (!) or a red �X� on the mouse icon, this means the mouse has a problem. A PS2 mouse uses IRQ 12. Make sure no other device is configured to use IRQ 12, causing a conflict.

A DOS mode mouse driver may be interfering with the Windows mouse driver. If the file autoexec.bat exists in the root directory of the C drive, open the file in Windows Notepad and look for entries like Device=mouse.sys. If the file config.sys exists in the root directory of the C drive, open the file in Windows Notepad and look for entries like c:dosmouse.com. To disable the statement type the letters REM (for remark) in front of the line.

If the file System.ini exists in the folder c:windows folder, open the file in Windows Notepad and look in the [boot] section for the entry Mouse.drv= If the file win.ini exists in the folder c:windows folder, open the file in Windows Notepad and look for entries like load= and run=. If a line refers to a mouse driver, disable the statement by typing a semicolon (;) in front of the line.

If you operating system is Windows 98/Me/2000, then you can use the System Configuration utility and the System Information utility to study the startup configuration of your computer. To open the System Configuration Utility, select Start | Run, and type c:windowssystemmsconfig. To open the System Information Utility select Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools and click on System Information.

Check The Display Driver

Sometimes a mouse will work erratically because the display driver is not working properly. The first thing you can do is disable the graphics drivers hardware acceleration. Select Start | Settings | Control Panel, and open the Display utility. In the Display Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab and click on the Advanced... button.

In the dialog box which appears, select the Performance tab and move the hardware acceleration slider control to None. If this doesn't solve the problem you might try updating the display driver. After locating a proper driver, this is done in the same dialog box on the Adapter tab by clicking the Change button to open the Update Device Driver Wizard.

Try a New Mouse

Most problems with the mouse are caused by dirt or miscalibration. If cleaning the mouse doesn't solve the problem, the procedures described above may guide you to the source of the problem. However, a computer mouse is a cheaply manufactured mechanical device. As such they don't last long. If nothing else works, maybe its time to retire that old mouse.

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Stephen Bucaro is the webmaster at bucarotechelp.com

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